Go Live! Army Depot Fires Up LMP
May 21, 2009
- The Corpus Christi Army Depot went live here at 5 a.m. May 14, with the Logistics Modernization Program
- In partnership with Computer Science Corporation, CCAD replaced their 35-year-old logistics Standard Depot System used to manage operations
- This was the largest SAP deployment worldwide to date, which added 5000 users.
- Since 2007, CCAD has been preparing for LMP Go-Live with a team of more170 CCAD employees
Corpus Christi, TX - The Corpus Christi Army Depot went live here at 5 a.m.
May 14, with the Logistics Modernization Program, an innovative enterprise
resource planning package specifically designed for the Army.
In partnership with Computer Science Corporation, CCAD replaced their
35-year-old logistics Standard Depot System used to manage operations.
This was the largest SAP deployment worldwide to date, which added 5000 users.
It's the second implementation by Army Materiel Command - CCAD's major
"This has truly been a team effort, and we are all a part of a historical,
momentous event," said Melody DeMaris, CCAD LMP Division Chief. "It's because
of this team that we made such great progress."
CSC joined with AMC to pursue modernization objectives in logistics chain
operations and increase operational efficiencies and decrease overall costs.
They provide consulting and solution delivery services to facilitate optimal
"This is my biggest implementation and is among the smoothest transitions out
of the 15 [implementations] I've been a part of," said John Blakowski, CSC
Site Lead and Industry Expert. "I credit the success so far to great planning
and execution to that plan."
LMP enables vertical and horizontal integration at all levels of logistics
across the Army enabling better planning, forecasting, and faster order
fulfillment. It's designed to process an inventory of up to 6 million items or
$40 billion in goods and services annually when fully deployed.
"As we're pulsing through our LMP business processes, we're putting more and
more data into the system and moving further into production," said Al
Gonzales, CCAD LMP Site Lead. "As expected, we're seeing some issues, but
we're working through them with no interruption to production."
Since 2007, CCAD has been preparing for LMP Go-Live with a team of more than
170 CCAD employees, partners and CSC representatives to ensure a well-planned,
prepared implementation with minimal impact.
The team participated in in-depth education and training regimens, data
accuracy efforts, along with intense examinations of system functionality,
changes to processes, procedures, policies, roles and responsibilities,
organizational structures, measurements, reporting and end user training.
Training nearly 2,000 end users was the most challenging pre-Go-Live effort
for the Depot team.
The CCAD team reviewed and developed training material, attended CSC
instructor-lead end-user courses addressing CCAD-specific concerns and
provided CCAD specific expertise for future end users.
The team conducted Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) Drills to prepare for
implementation. The drills rehearsed activities required to conduct business
and perform transactions immediately after Go-Live.
Using scripts and scenarios, participants practiced functions, then, as issues
arose they would call CCAD's Call Center for guidance and solutions.
"The preplanning has definitely paid off," added Gonzales.
LMP was first deployed in July 2003, to end users at the Army's
Communications-Electronics Command, Life Cycle Management Command, Defense
Finance and Accounting Service, Tobyhanna Army Depot and other Army Locations.
Upon full deployment, LMP will be used by more that 17,000 logistics and
financial professionals integrating business processes across all of the Army's